Apart from the successful stint at the U-basketball team, Karton MA (Alumnus, Alumni Civility Hall) had another gift to offer us all–his voice. From winning the university singing contest, runner-up at the ICMA Intercollegiate SingCon, and the Professor Edmund Ko Cup three times (but who’s counting), Karton moves as a man of few words and a vast repertoire of melodies.
Having had the privilege to lose to him at the 2015 MUSO SingCon final, I did leave the event having more questions about Karton. So I grabbed the first opportunity to circle back and catch him at his latest gig as a professional singer in our city. “I am working for my dad’s car business,” he told me modestly, following up with some good news of the label contract he recently signed under JL Music and the new management that works for him. Whilst getting an average of at least two shows or private performances a month, and the time spent at his dad’s auto, we can find him serenading around the week in the streets of HK with his busking crew. A multi-tasker, he for sure is.
His song writing moves along romantic lines and feels, capturing his own emotion struggles and pursuits in rhyme and verse.
“Songs-an escape, lyrics-a voice to the pent-up troubles, melody-the duvet that preserve the warmth from the cold onslaught.” – Unknown
On discussing his interests in music style and genre, Canto-pop does seem to be his choicest forte, but he prefers his songs to transcend genre and language and confide with the emotional quotient in each of us, which seeks companionship with the shared bittersweet sentiment. His tastes likened to contemporary pop tunes. Karton desires to study other genres with the aim to incorporate its nuances of feel into Canto-pop, and the dream to study in Berklee College of Music-Boston in the future.
With an illustrious hall life, he eulogises his years spent in the hall. “I am very grateful for Dr MA Ka Fai’s encouragement,” he says which helped boost his confidence and helping Alumni Civility Hall retain the PEK Singing Contest championship during his reign. Without the good friends he made in the hall, a usually shy and timid person by his own suggestion, would have been troubled to wring those nervous blues–forget getting in front of the mic! Being a non-instrumentalist, he is grateful to the close mates from Alumni Civility who helped and tutored him at the guitar and piano, which he largely uses as his song composition metre. Reminiscing the song he wrote during his recently culminated hall years, Karton beckons to take his life, memories and his pursuit to the top of the billboard charts onto the real stage, and we as the residence family are with him through and through.
Writer: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Images: Karton MA (Alumnus, Alumni Civility Hall)
“歌是一種對生活的逃避，詞是一聲對煩惱的抗議，旋律是一張抵抗驟冷的暖被。” – 佚名
文: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
圖: 馬浩俊 (校友樂禮堂校友)